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A reading list

Asphalt Nation: how the automobile took over America, and how we can take it back – Jane Holtz Kay – Summer 06. Good introduction to the topic. Useful info, but overall not a book to read for fun. Not bad, just nothing special. On the other hand, an easy read, so not a bad way to get an introduction.

Divorce Your Car!: ending the love affair with the automobile – Katie Alvord – Summer 06. Brilliant. Very well written, and amusing (she continues the “love affair” model throughout, to great effect). Full of info too. A fair bit of overlab with Asphalt Nation, but not so much it wouldn’t be worth reading both if you’re interested in teh subject. I highly reccomend this book to anyone – interested in the subject or not. That may point to my ulterior motive: that everyone ought to become interested in this.

Reclaiming Cities and Towns – David Engwicht – Summer 06. Bad writing. I didn’t read it cover-to-cover because i couldn’t really bear to. I did skim it and found some very good information that was worth reading the details on.

Livable Streets – Donald Appleyard – Summer 06. This is the record of a study done in the…70’s?…on the effects of traffic on neighborhoods and life in general. Again, not one to read from in depth, but very much worth picking up, if only to look at the pictures (which convey almost all the info you need anyway). Appleyard did a study of different residential streets based on the traffic flow, and did interviews on how people felt about living there, how long they did, how often they visited neighbors, etc. Enlightening.

Texas Transportation Institute A trove of amazing and important research on basically any aspect of transportation you can think of.

And lots of other internet resources i can’t think of right now.

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